External Reviews for Pagodes de Cos -Chateau Cos Destournel St Estephe
Saint-Estèphe has a reputation for tannins, and this 2005 Cos lives up to that. But it does much more, because the tannins add richness along with intensely ripe black fruits, dark plums and figs. The dense tannins are finely balanced with fresh acidity, and a long-lasting aftertaste. Impressive.
Jean-Guillaume Prats' relationship with Cos d'Estournel goes back to the 1990s, when his father, Bruno, owned the 220-acre estate in northern Médoc. After ownership passed to entrepreneur Michel Reybier in 2000, the younger Prats stayed on as president, entrusted with the task of overhauling the estate and improving the quality of the wine. In 2005, he made an extraordinary wine, a blend of 78 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 percent Merlot and 3 percent Cabernet Franc.
Good ruby-red. Knockout nose combines currant, plum, minerals, licorice and graphite. Wonderfully sweet, rich and deep, but with near-perfect balancing acidity to frame the wine's lush fruit. This superb 2005 has it all. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and palate-saturating persistence. On my most recent visit, Prats told me he considered 2005 to be superior to the 2003, and the '05 may be "our best wine ever."
Black in color, with aromas of orange peel, new leather, currant, berry and Christmas pudding. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and a long, long finish of fruit and spices. The cashmere texture is all there. 2003 plus 2000 equals 2005. Best after 2015.
Like eating chocolate mousse. Delivers loads of chocolate, cherry and berry flavors and soft, round tannins. Drink after 1995.
Wonderful spice and currant aromas to this young wine. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated, refined tannins. Long caressing finish. This is very, very silky. Just like from barrel. Cos is on top of it now. Best after 2008.
A huge, seamless wine of fabulous elegance. Deep, dark-ruby color. intense aromas of blackberries, spices, mushrooms and bark. Full-bodied and extremely silky, with a long, long finish. Seductive as hell. Best after 2002.
Food Pairings for Pagodes de Cos -Chateau Cos Destournel St Estephe
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
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